Nine To Noon for Friday 28 May 2021
09:05 Online threat to Māori: How robust are reporting processes?
There are concerns at how long a video threatening to slaughter Māori was accessible before it was taken down, and whether the YouTube channel it was posted to was on the radar of authorities. Police have confirmed the matter is under investigation and say they have "strong lines of enquiry" - but won't comment further. New legislation was drafted following the Christchurch mosque attacks to strengthen local responses to online extremist content, rather than waiting for individual platforms to remove it - and it's currently before Parliament. But there are concerns processes for reporting threats aren't robust or clear enough and that this particular video was only removed because of the combined efforts of Māori campaigners. Kathryn discusses this with Karaitiana Taiuru, an academic and advocate for digital Māori rights and Antony Royal, chair of Ngati Tamatera who's helped work on The Christchurch Call and was one of those who reported the video to Google.
09:20 A seismograph in your pocket
If you've got an Android cellphone, it will now be part of a network of detectors able to give you advance warning of earthquakes. Google, in partnership with the United States Geological Survey, is trialling the technology in New Zealand and Greece. The service uses your phone's movement sensor, or accelerometer, the technology that keeps pictures or videos the right way up even when you rotate your phone. That same technology can also detect earthquake waves rippling through the ground, effectively turning your phone into a pocket seismograph. Google hopes by harnessing Android cellphones it will be able to crowdsource the world's largest earthquake detection network. Kathryn speaks with Robert de Groot, a US Geological Survey earthquake scientist.
09:45 Asia correspondent Ed White
The crisis in Myanmar is still unfolding and increasingly starting to involve western companies and governments. A slow covid vaccination rate in India is causing concern despite official numbers suggesting transmission rates are falling.
Ed White is a correspondent with the Financial Times.
10:05 Orsola de Castro on bringing old clothes back to life
What goes through your head when you come to buy an item of clothing? Is it the right price? Right fit? Right colour? What about: is the dye that coloured it toxic? How much was the person who made it paid? Where is it going to end up when I don't want it anymore? Kathryn talks to Orsola de Castro, who hopes consumers will ask the latter set of questions. She's the co-founder of Fashion Revolution, based in London, and represented in over 100 countries around the world that aims to encourage positive change across the fashion industry. Orsola is a fashion designer, and started her career in 1997 pioneering an upcycling label From Somewhere and going on to co-found and curate the British Fashion Council initiative Estheica at London Fashion Week. She's also written a book called "Loved Clothes Last: How the Joy of Rewearing and Repairing your Clothes Can Be a Revolutionary Act."
10:35 Book review: Loop Tracks by Sue Orr
Holly Walker reviews Loop Tracks by Sue Orr, published by VUP
10:45 The Reading
Bob Dylan's New Zealand, episode 5. Written and read by Andrew McCallum, this week's reading acknowledges the work of the music great as he turns 80.
11:05 New music with Jeremy Taylor
Orchestral reimaginings from Phoebe Bridgers, the Gibb songbook gets countrified, and the heavy soul of Valerie June.
11:30 Sports commentator Sam Ackerman
Sam talks to Kathryn about tennis player Naomi Osaka making a stand and deciding not to speak to media ahead of the French Open, prioritising her mental health. Also how Victoria's lockdown will impact sporting fixtures over the next week, Israel Folau hits the headlines again and Scott Dixon and Scott McLaughlin line up for the Indy 500.
11:45 The week that was with
Comedians Te Radar and Gemma Gracewood bring a few laughs.